From 2011 to 2016 author and photographer Thomas Halaczinsky followed Adriaen Block, the first European who in 1614 sailed and mapped this magical and mysterious island world on his own 30-foot sailboat Sojourn. More than 70 islands are dotting the sea from the North River Delta of the New York City Harbor to Fishers Island Sound bordering Long Island, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
The exhibition features images from more than 3,000 nautical miles of tracing his journeys. “Magical moments don’t happen all the time, but when they happen you have to catch them”, says Halaczinsky, whose book Archipelago New York was recently published by Schiffer Books in 2018. Join us for the artist’s opening on June 30th from 7-9pm and enjoy storytelling and an illustrated lecture on the mesmerizing island world of New York.
“The way nature and the urban environment coexist in New York’s Archipelago inspired my photography”, says Halaczinsky. Images such as the city glimmering like a fata morgana over the marsh in Jamaica Bay tell their own story. The sea is like an empty canvas on which the reflection of the sky, the changing light, the mist and fog paint their pictures. Time is reflected in each image of the space around me.” To find out more about the project, visit: archipelago-newyork.com